At first we thought that [Pete Prodoehl] was using the wrong term when calling his project a Laser Kaleidoscope. We usually think of a kaleidoscope as a long tube with three mirrors and some beads or glass shards in one end. But we looked it up and there’s a second definition that means a constantly changing pattern. This fits the bill. Just like the laser Spirograph from last week, it makes fancy patterns using spinning mirrors. But [Pete] went with several 3D printed parts rather than repurposing PC fans.

In the foreground you can see the potentiometers which adjust the motor speeds. The knobs for these were all 3D printed. He also printed the mounting brackets for the three motors and the laser diode. A third set of printed parts makes mounting the round mirrors on the motor shaft quite easy. All of this came together with very tight…

View original post 17 more words


It’s all the RAGE!

HTML 4.0!



Get used to it…

I can feel it every day…

Those guys are right.

Big is bad, small is good.

I think in big teams, it’s not always that people don’t care, they might, but 1/2 the time that doesn’t mean they can do anything about it. (Ok, 90% of the time…)

Even if you want to do something, you might have to check with 20 people first. As opposed to 5, or 10.

Argh….. big teams, bad…

D00d, really, I just wanna log in to trac!

Once in, I promise to read How to Patch WordPress

(And where are my formatting buttons! Ahhh, they are not in Safari, that’s where they are (not)!)

Moving from crappy ColdFusion developers who didn’t know what they were doing to crappy Java developers who don’t know what they are doing is about equal to saying:

Hey! Quit hitting me in the head with that rock, and start hitting me in the head with this brick instead.

My head really freakin’ hurts…

I found a packet of rice noodles in my desk drawer…

I think it’s old. Pretty old. Maybe a year old…

Should I eat it?

Web apps written by people who do not completely love what they are building suck big piles of stinking crap.

This is a theory, but I’m pretty sure it can be proven.

You need to care. Care about user-centered design, and usability, and standards, and testing, and documentation… without caring, you get a big pile of stinking crap.

In the end, you might get a paid, but your users will get a big pile of stinking crap

crap, crap, crap!